September 11, 2010 - I was speaking with an old friend today and he said, “I know he’s lying but he is such a damned good speaker.”
He was referring to the President of the United States and the unforgivable sin of the ongoing; I don’t even know what to call it … in the Gulf of Mexico.
Kevin Costner, speaking at the 2010 Aspen Environment Forum said, “There is no word in the English language, not catastrophe, not disaster, not horror… There is just no word in the language to describe what is actually happening in the Gulf of Mexico.”
Mr. Costner said it perfectly. There really isn’t any word that conveys the gut wrenching, cancer causing, humanity draining, all species poisoning, terracide that is still ongoing in the Gulf.
There is a growing cadre of fishermen in the Gulf who are refusing to reap what BP and the policies of the Department of the Interior have sown. In spite of attempted intimidations by “contractor” thugs some of our concerned fellow humans are transporting scientists out into the Gulf to test the fitness of Gulf fish for consumption. From the reports I have heard thus far, the oil/dispersant contamination is being found in every catch all the way through the Florida panhandle.
The sheen of death is so ubiquitous in the Gulf that my friends report you can see no break in it from horizon to horizon. The ubiquitous oil sheen is still present in spite of the self-congratulatory statements made by some government scientists that petrophylic bacteria are consuming the oil without causing more dead zones. There is still some oxygen left in the waters of the Gulf. They say there is just enough to keep the current surviving generation of sea life alive until they can be caught. You’ll just have to trust them on that.
All the while Mr. Obama is on a, let’s get them re-entrained, back in step with the program charm offensive. Let’s talk about jobs. Let’s talk about “new” energy technologies (just not the kind that could actually almost come up to the real demands of this moment). Hell, let’s talk about those damned Republicans! This is their fault! * Let’s talk about anything other than the toxic soup that all of the sea life in the Gulf of Mexico is now being marinated in.
At his press conference today (9/8/10) Mr. Obama was asked a consistent series of very difficult questions. I realized as I was watching that he just does not realize that the old game of politicians getting away with obfuscating instead of answering has come to an end. He once again pointed out repeatedly that the Republican policies of the last administration were what caused the collapse of the US economy. He, as always, failed to acknowledge that the foundation for the debacle we now live in was laid by the deregulation of the banking industry under the Clinton Administration.
The truth is that Mr. Obama was marketed as a messianic figure to the American people. He promised and promised what many of us realized he could not possibly deliver without embracing an entirely different approach to being the President of the United States than his oh so compromising approach to being a Senator. What we feared would happen when he got elected and was unable to be the messiah in chief was that millions of voters who had so enthusiastically put him into office would become dejected and cynical.
One could say that the task he set for himself was inherently unachievable. However, he did promise on podium after podium that it was. “Yes We Can” has now become, “Maybe Tomorrow” and the mantric “They did it”.
In point of fact, the Party that calls itself “Republican” and which bears less and less resemblance to the Party of Abraham Lincoln took advantage of their illegal, but Supreme Court sanctioned usurpation of the Executive Branch to embroil the nation in two wars which along with the nearly entirely unaddressed problem of illegal immigration have all but bankrupted the United States.
Mr. Obama and the Democratic juggernaut of the last Presidential Election have failed to deliver, but we must all acknowledge that the Republicans have been doing everything in their power to make "them" fail.
Walking through the Mall in Washington D.C. a few months ago through the poorly tended grounds and the dust storms resulting there from, I reflected how it resembled Rome in its decline. The homeless are curled up every morning on the grounds and grates everywhere in D.C.; no one has come to their rescue. Millions and millions are losing their homes and in danger of joining the homeless ranks every day that passes.
Walking though the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History one of the primary reasons that we are now in such desperate straits greets the unwitting tourists with barely a notice. The section of the museum dedicated to the history of the American development of electrical technologies is heralded everywhere by life sized images of Thomas Edison one of the foremost authors of our failure as a nation to achieve a sustainable economy.
The electrical lights, everywhere round about the museum and everywhere in the world for that matter. are powered by Alternating Current electrical power. The man who should be pictured in that not so hallowed hall is almost nowhere to be found. Nikola Tesla the conduit for more creativity then Edison’s whole sweatshop is not even mentioned. The intrepid investigator will find a plaque commemorating the Patents associated with the AC dynamos installed at Niagara Falls. Tesla, Tesla, Tesla, Tesla, Tesla and more Tesla. The plaque bears silent witness to one of the greatest lies ever told.
The fact that the man whom Franklin Delano Roosevelt called, “The greatest inventor who ever lived”, upon hearing of his death in 1943, is otherwise totally ignored in that place is really and truly why we are in such precipitous decline.
Tesla envisioned a world powered by inductively coupling to the Earth’s own magnetic field and conjoined by wireless transmitters of electrical power, information, music and yes even motion pictures. That was in 1904. A few years later Tesla drove a modified Pierce Arrow automobile with an electrical motor powered by what he called, “cosmic energy”. These were not even close to the primitive technology now being produced using Tesla’s name.
All of the wars and socio-economic tragedies of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries could have been avoided. All of the pollution of our air and water, everywhere on Earth could have been avoided but Nikola Tesla just could not acquiesce to the logic of the parasites that usurped our future for the sake of their short-term personal gain.
The Gulf of Mexico is just the latest huge stigmata of the crucified Earth. It is still bleeding under the surface obscured by the convenient lies of the soulless.
Many of my friends tell me not to write about any of this. They tell me it’s dangerous. I answer that it is no more dangerous than that fish dinner you ate last night that someone told you is from any place other than the Gulf.
We had hoped against hope that Mr. Obama might actually put the good of the nation before his own, always compromised, self-interest. Even though we had good reason to believe he was a “Trojan horse” candidate, we still thought that perhaps there was enough of the bright young man who once called himself Barry Obama that maybe, just perhaps, he would wake up one morning in the White House and know it is time to cut the crap.
However, it has since come to appear that Mr. Obama, Mr. Salazar, Ms. Jackson, Former Admiral Allen and the many other political vampires of both major political parties are not going to do anything but lie and suck the remaining blood out of the USA, as long as they are allowed to do so. Still some people think that is better to be silent. They tell me this with no remorse. After all vampires are very popular. All the kids want to be one, right?
However, there is just something about this killing of the Gulf of Mexico, the oceans, the rainforests and everything else that these not-at-all humans touch I can’t seem to shake. It is beyond Orwell. It is beyond Auschwitz. The spirit of death is upon the land and it isn’t just after our first born anymore. It is after all of us. All of us are being murdered, right here, right now.
It isn’t really that there is any question that our global climate has been and continues to be “changed” far for the worse by the actions of “humans”. There are people who call themselves scientists who are aggressively eager point out the sloppy and sometimes lazy work of their colleagues. They say things like, “There is no such thing as Global Warming”, as the glaciers of the world continue to melt and melt and melt…
They point out the sins of their colleagues as they participate in the greatest lie ever told. Even Ahmadinejad doesn’t lie more. He says, “There was no holocaust.” They say, “The holocaust ended in 1945.”
Dwight Eisenhower saw this coming. “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.
In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.
Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.
The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded.”
Dwight Davis Eisenhower 1961
President Eisenhower felt it was urgent to speak so boldly in his farewell address to the nation in 1961. But I think even Dwight Eisenhower did not begin to realize just how prophetic his words were. The corporatization/enslavement of science and scientists has led us all into our current abysmal free fall. The “integrity of science” has all too often become an oxymoron.
Those who have profited so much from the demise of our planet must support scientists of good conscience and true integrity. Far too many good scientists are unemployed or underemployed because they do not fit into the moronic procession of “colleagues” who left their souls at the door for the sake of continued employment at any cost.
The coffers of the military-industrial-banking global hegemony are stuffed with technologies that could have helped save our bacon decades ago. If these technologies had been put into civilian use, in a timely manner, by benign leaders who truly wished to serve the common good, then we would not have to be concerned about where our next COREXIT free fish will come from.
Instead, we could be more concerned about driving/flying our zero point powered vehicles in three dimensions through the beautiful clean air unpolluted by the effluents of fossil ideas. We could have the leisure to pursue and invest in life, no longer indentured to the minions of death. Our seas would team with life instead of succumbing to the acts of zombies. Our children could have the luxury of clean water instead of being made sterile and impotent by the poisons streaming from the kitchen tap. Our children could love and trust us instead of feeling that we have betrayed the future of their lives and the lives of all “future generations”. “Future generations” would not be an oxymoron.
Beloved and highly esteemed Oceanographer Sylvia Earl, speaking recently at the Aspen Institute pointed out, “Even before the ongoing catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, our oceans were and are still being killed. The true cost of a fish dinner is very hard to calculate… With every one of those dinners we are killing our oceans…Killing our Oceans! Our oceans may seem vast but they are not big enough to sustain anything like our current rate of consumption or the quantities of poisons we pour so freely into them. Most barely seem to notice that our oceans are dying, but the consequences will be unimaginable.”
When Sylvia Earl speaks about the oceans she speaks with a great but saddened heart. In the summer of 1969 when men were landing on the moon and boasting of their great accomplishment, Sylvia was living in an underwater dwelling with beautiful lady companions. These goddesses basked in the true abundance of life and the ocean as the boys on the moon spoke exultantly of Luna’s, “Magnificent desolation.”
Now the desolation spreads like ongoing plagues of lovelessness and inhumanity.
I truly wish I could tell you, my dear readers, that there is a technology that can save the world. There is not. What I have said and will continue to say for a very long time is that only when we truly Love one another and the Earth, (not rhetorically, taking the name of Love in vain, while slitting the throats of all species) will we begin to wake up from this nightmare that is beyond expression.
It is not loving to commit fraud while trying to win the trust and votes of very desperate fellow passengers of our badly damaged Spaceship Earth. It is not loving to allow the blood sacrifice of all species to continue to be offered up to the gods of duplicity, corruption and narcissistic vampirism.
If I seem hard on Mr. Obama and the global military/industrial/financial corporate hegemony that marketed him so effectively, then so be it. I am not nearly as hard on them as their broken promises are on the Earth and our feeling hearts.